Behavioral Health Treatment for Major Racial and Ethnic Groups

$25.00 | CE Hours:5.00 | Intermediate

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Note: This course was extracted from SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Treatment Improvement Protocol Manual #59 Improving Cultural Competence. Please refer to the original manual for references and appendices.

CEU Course Description

This course identifies cultural knowledge and its relationship to treatment as a domain that requires proficiency in clinical skills, programmatic development, and administrative practices.  It focuses on patterns of substance use and co-occurring disorders (CODs), beliefs about traditions involving substance use, beliefs and attitudes about behavioral health treatment, assessment and treatment considerations and theoretical approaches and treatment interventions across the major racial and ethnic groups in the United States.  In addition to providing epidemiological data on each group, this course discusses salient aspects of treatment for each racial/ethnic group.

Article Author:  Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Andrea Kopstein, Ph.D., M.P.H., Karl D. White, Ed.D.
Exam writer:  Patricia Hocking-Walker, M.S. (Psychology)

CEU Course Objectives

1.  Discuss the reason behind the research, that of all major racial/ethnic groups in the United States, Asian Americans have the lowest rates of alcohol use disorders.

2.  Explain how node-link mapping plays a part in treatment and for which ethnic groups it works best for.

3.  Investigate who African Americans are most likely to be referred to treatment by and how this plays a role in entering treatment.

4.  Compare and contrast African Americans to other racial/ethnic groups who inject heroin and how this impacts their long-term health.

5.  Examine treatment issues, considerations, methods, and approaches for each of the racial/ethnic groups.

6.  Elucidate the optimal approach for trauma histories and PTSD among Native Americans in substance abuse treatment.

7.  Identify which disorders African Americans are more likely than White Americans to receive treatment for.

8.  Describe the most serious substance use problem in the Latino community.

Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


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Added On: 2016-11-20

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